Koji Yakusho News 13
(April 4, 2012 ~
Created on April 4, 2012
Updated on April 18, 2015
April 18, 2015
The cast for Mamoru Hosoda’s forthcoming  Bakemomo no Ko (
The Boy and the Beast anime film)
has been announced: Koji Yakusho is Kumatetsu, a bear-like being who acts as a teacher to the
human Kyuta.

April 15, 2015
A Samurai Chronicle (Higurashi no Ki) will be shown during
Toronto Japanese Film Festival.

April 9, 2015
A teaser trailer for "Japan's Longest Day" was put out today.

February 10, 2015
As a Koji Yakusho retrospective, thirteen of his films will be shown in Switzerland
from February 16 to March 31, 2015 at a public film theater, named
Filmpodium  in
the city of Zurich, presented by the Japan Foundation and The Embassy of Japan in

According to
the Japan Foundation website, the Foundation will initiate a big
project, entitled “Japanese Films Screening Overseas in February 2015.” The area
involved covers Asia , Oceania, Europe, the Middle East and Africa!  

Koji Yakusho Retrospective in Switzerland is a part of this project. Koji Yakusho’s
office says that the thirteen films comprise the largest number at his films ever to be
shown in a single project overseas up to the present time.

The thirteen films are:
Shall we dance (1996), The Sleeping Man(1996), Cure (1997), Eureka (2000),  Eel,(1997),
The Warm Water under a Red Bridge (2001), Dora-Heita (2000), The Thirteen Assassins(2010),
Babel (2006), Toad’s Oil
(2009), The Woodsman and the Rain(2011), The Chronicle of My Mother
(2011), and
The World of Kanako (2014).

Koji Yakusho himself will visit Switzerland to greet the audience on February 16 at
19:00 before the showing of “Shall we dance?” He will also greet the audience on
February 17 at 18:00 before the showing of “Dora Heita”; and on the same evening,
after the showing of “Toad’s Oil”, he will hold a question-and-answer session about
that film , which he directed.

"Koji Yakusho Retrospective in Switzerland" is being held to commemorate the
150th anniversary since the start of
Japan-Swiss diplomatic relations.

January 28, 2015
Here is the "
A Samurai Chronicle" page of CD Japan.

January 25, 2015
The World of Kanako (Kawaki) will be shown during the 2015 (44th )
International Film Festival Rotterdam (January 21 - February 1).

January 19, 2015
The Blue-ray & DVD for "Higurashi no Ki" will be on sale from April 15, 2015.
Reportedly it is world-wide region-free!.

December 19, 2014
The release date for "Japan's Longest Day" has been decided as August 8,
2015, and the film's
first poster has been published.

December 9, 2014
Koji Yakusho's new film
Koji Yakusho's new film was announced today. It is a Japanese film entitled "Nihon no Ichiban
Nagaihi". This is
a remake of  the 1967 Kihachi Okamoto's "Japan's Longest Day. The role of Koji
Yakusho is that of Army minister, Korechika Anami. The director is Masato Harada.
Mr.Mark Schilling reports
the news in "Variety".

The official website for this film has just opened. Director Masato Harada says that he has put the
English subtitle for this film as "The Emperor in August".

November 11, 2014
What will Koji Yakusho’s new film be?
On October 16, koji Yakusho’s official website reported that Yakusho was now preparing for the
shooting of a new film starting in October and that the information on the new film would come a
little later.
What on earth will that be?  
The IMDb reads that Koji Yakusho’s 2015 film will be “Defending
the Enemy” in which Yakusho is due to portray Gen. Masaharu Homma, charged with organizing
the Bataan Death March.
On seeing Koji Yakusho present at the Kyoto International Film and Art Festival on October 19
to be awarded the Toshiro Mifune Award, I was reminded of “Defending the Enemy” which
the IMDb has listed as in pre-production: he had short- cut hair and a moustache.
the photo of him at the Kyoto Film Festival from Koji Yakusho’s official website.

October 20, 2014
Koji Yakusho was awarded the Toshiro Mifune Award at the closing ceremony of the Kyoto
International Film and Art Festival, which was held from Oct. 16 to 19 in Kyoto. Here's
the photo
of Koji Yakusho with Shiro Mifune, Toshiro Mifune's son. Reportedly the judges who selected
Yakusho are as follows:Teruyo Nogami, Yoji Yamada, Shinobu Hashimoto, Tadao Satoh, Shiro
Mifune and Kazuyoshi Okuyama.

Koji Yakusho's comment at the closing ceremony is very impressive:
On receipt of the award, Yakusho had this to say:
"I was very surprised when I first heard I would receive the Toshiro
Mifune Award. I thought I was not qualified for such an honorable award that bears the name
Toshiro Mifune, the most legendary actor of all time. Because I respect Mr. Mifune very much I
decided to accept this award, no matter what people say and think. If we look at the film business as
the Olympics, Mr. Mifune must have been the one to receive the most gold medals of all. By
receiving this, I personally think that it will push me more in my career. That is what I think of this
award, thank you."

October 14, 2014
Koji Yakusho was awarded
the Best Actor Award for Tetsuya Nakashima's "The World of Kanako
(Kawaki.)" at the SITGES Film Festival 2014.

October 5, 2014
On October 4, “A Samurai Chronicle” (Higurash no Ki) was released nationwide. Director Takashi
Koizumi, Koji Yakusho, Junichi Okada, Horikita and Mieko Harada greeted the audience from the
stage at a movie theater in Tokyo.
At that time hand-prints of Koji Yakusho and Mieko Harada were made so as to be displayed at
the square “Nemu no Sato” in Hibiya in Tokyo, where lots of famous actors and actresses’ hand-
prints are displayed. Here’s
the photo. The hand-prints are to be shown in November.

September 27, 2014
On September 18, Director Takashi Koizumi, Koji Yakusho and Teruyo Nogami attended
the press conference held at the Foreign Correspondence Club of Japan, Tokyo, concerning "The Samurai
Chronicle" (Higurashi no Ki).

Here is a report of part of that conference:
Yakusho, generously making his third appearance at FCCJ in the last four years, was questioned several
times about his plans to appear in more international films, considering his English-language successes
Memoirs of a Geisha (2005) and Babel (2006) and his continued popularity in global hits like Takashi Miike’
s hits 13 Assassins (2010) and Hara Kiri: Death of a Samurai (2011). “If I could speak English better, it’s
possible that I might be working more in America,” Yakusho said. “But I’m grateful to be able to keep
working in Japanese film, and I’ll continue to focus on doing my best possible work, and hope the films will
be seen by as many people as possible. I hope the rest of the world can also see how good Japanese films
can be.”

September 12, 2014
On September 10, Director Takashi Koizumi and the major cast members of "Higurashi no Ki", namely
Koji Yakusho, Junichi Okada, Maki Horikita and Mieko Harada, met Empress Michiko at the movie's
preview screening event which was held for the 'Great East Japan Earthquake Reconstruction Support
Charity'. Koji Yakusho watched the movie, sitting next to Empress Michiko.
Here's the article and the photo.

August 24, 2014
A press conference for Higurashinoki / A Samurai Chronicle was held on August
12 at Hotel New Ohtani,Tokyo with the presence of Director Satoshi Koizumi,
koji Yakusho,  Junichi Okada, Maki Horikita, Mieko Harada, and the author of
the novel Higurashinoki , Rin Hamuro.

August 21, 2014
Director Tetsuya Nakashima's "The World of Kanako/Kawaki", starring Koji
Yakusho will be shown at the Toronto International Film Festival.

August 14, 2013
On August 14, Koji Yakusho started filming a film, entitled, "Kawaki - Thitst" directed by Tetsuya

January 23, 2013
On January 22, Koji Yakusho's official site announced that Yakusho was nominated as 'Best Actor' for the
Tsui no shintaku following his roles in two films, namely "Waga Haha no Ki" / "Chroicle of My Mother"
and "Rengo Kantai Shirei-Chokan: Yamamoto Isoroku" /ADMIRAL YAMAMOTO: The Untold Story of
the Pacific War". The Japan Academy Award Ceremony will be held on March 8, 2013.

December 22,2012
If you want to see the images of the main cast members of "Kiyosu Kaigi" directed by Koki Kitani, click

October 12
In his blog on October 11, Director Masato Harada wrote that on
October 8, his 2011 TV drama, "Early Autumn", starring Koji Yakusho, was nominated in
the TV
Series for the 2012 International Emmy Award.

The following four TV dramas have been nominated:
Black Mirror
Channel Four Television / Zeppotron

Early Autumn
Chubu-Nippon Broadcasting / Shochiku Co. Ltd.

The Good Men
TV Globo / Rede Globo / Casa de Cinema de POA

L'Infiltr? (The Lying Game)
Breakout Films / Aperto Films / Sirena Film / Canal+
FranceTV Movie/Mini-Series

October 8
To mark the release of Masayuki Suo's new film, "Terminal Trust" on October 27,
the Masayuki Suo Film
Festival was held in Roppongi, Tokyo on October 8. The films shown were "Shiko Funjatta", "Shall we
dance?" and "Soredemo Bokuwa Yattenai".  Prior to the showing of these films,
some of the cast members
greeted the audience, namely Koji Yakusho, Naoto Takenaka, Yu Tokui, Hiromasa Taguchi, Ryo Kase,
Asaka Seto and Tamiyo Kusakari.

October 3
Koji Yakusho's official site announced on October 2 that "The Woodsman and the Rain" by Shuichi Okita
will be shown on October 14 and 16 during
the 32nd  Hawaii International Film Festival (October 11--21,

In addtion,Yakusho's official site announced that during this festival Koji Yakusho will be presented with
the '
Career Achievement Award' at the time of the showing of "The Woodsman and the Rain"  and also that
Yakusho himself will go to Hawaii to receive that  award.

September 27
The premiere for "Tsui no Shintaku / The Terminal Trust" was held in Tokyo on September 19 with the
presence of Director Masayuki Suo, Tamiyo Kusakari, Koji Yakusho and Takao Osawa. Here's the photo-
page site.

August 29
The full trailer for "The Terminal Trust" is now available.

July 30
Here's an excellent
interview with Koji Yakusho (translated into English), held while he was visiting New
York for the Japan Cuts Film Festival  (July 14 to 28).  On this interview site,  there are also some photos of
Koji, taken during the award ceremony on July 20.

July 21
On July 20 Koji Yakusho's official website introduced a very impressive  
New York Times article about Koji
Yakusho, entitled "Celebrating a Prince of Film".

July 14
Koji Yakusho will go to New York City to attend the Japan Cuts Film Festival (July 12 - 28)  sponsored by
the USA
Japan Society.  His six films ("The Woodsman and the Rain", "Shall We Dance?", "Toad's Oil",
"Chronicle of My Mother", "Thirteen Assasins" and "Cure")  will be shown as  part of the Festival program
under the title of
"Focus on Koji Yakusho".

On July 9 Yakusho's official site announced that Yakusho will greet  the audience from the stage before or
after the showings of " The Woodsman and the Rain"(July 20) and "Thirteen Assasins" (July 21).

At the time of the showing of "The Woodman and the Rain", Koji Yakusho will be presented with  the first
Japan Cuts prize ever, "the CUT ABOVE"  award for 'excellence in film'.

June 29
Chubu Nippon Broadcasting Company has set up
a site (both in Japanese and English) to inform that
Masato Harada won the Best Director Award for  "Early Autumn"  at the 52nd Monte -Carlo TV  Festival.

June 15
Director Masato Harada was awarded the Best Director award for "Early Autumn (Shoshu)" at the 52nd
Monte-Carlo TV Festival on June 14.

May 30
First teaser trailer for Koji Yakusho's latest film, entitled
"Tsui no Shintaku" (The Terminal Trust) directed
by Masayuki Suo has just been launched. This film is due to be released nationwide in Japan on October 27,
2012. For the info in English, click

April 29
TOKYO (Kyodo) --
"Actor Koji Yakusho is among 674 individuals and 20 groups listed as recipients of the
Japanese government's spring decorations, the government said Saturday.
Yakusho, 56, whose real name is Koji Hashimoto, is among 25 individuals who have been awarded the
Medal with Purple Ribbon, which is given in recognition of contributions to the arts, academia and sport.
He recently raised his international profile by starring in the U.S. films "Memoirs of a Geisha" in 2005 and
"Babel" in 2006."

April 9
Koji Yakusho was recently nominated for the award for Outstanding Performance for his role in the TV
drama, "Early Autumn" (Shoshu) directed by Masato Harada, to be made at  the 52 Monte-Carlo TV
Festival, which is to be held from June 10 to 14, 2012.  Masato Harada was nominated for Best Director and
the drama was nominated for Best Film.

April 4, 2012
The Blue-ray disk and DVD for "Isoroku Yamamoto / Admiral Yamamoto: The Untold Story of the Pacific
War" are due to be on sale in Japan from July 13, 2012.
Chronicle of My Mother (April 28, 2012